ONE of the hottest properties in the country is on the verge of a major move.
Daniel James is in Manchester for a medical ahead of a big-money switch to Old Trafford – but just why are United chiefs so keen on the 21-year-old?
Who is Daniel James?
BORN in the Yorkshire town of Beverley in 1997, James was snapped up by the Hull academy when he was just 8 years old.
A flying attacking midfielder blessed with electric pace, as a trainee James spent eight years with the Tigers until Swansea came calling in 2014.
They paid £72,000 to lure the youngster to South Wales, where he became an immediate hit in their under-18 and under-23 side.
James helped Swansea's U23 team gain promotion to PDL Division 1 in 2016-17, with the club offering him a three-year deal after his superb performances.
A loan deal with Shrewsbury didn't work out in 2017, but James returned to the Liberty after Swansea's relegation to the Championship and made his league debut on August 17, 2018.
He immediately established himself as a goal-threat and playmaker, known for his blistering runs down the flanks and excellent delivery into the box.
Leeds United came calling back in January this year and James looked set for a £10million switch back up to West Yorkshire – but the deal fell through at the last minute with the Swansea winger left sitting waiting at Elland Road.
In his first full season of club football, James played 39 times and scored six times.
His breakthrough on the international scene for Wales – where he netted a fantastic goal against Slovakia in March – has led to Manchester United making a £20million swoop.
Which clubs has he played for?
JAMES has been on the books with Swansea since 2014.
For the 2017/18 season he was sent on loan to Shrewsbury Town, but didn't play a single match and the loan was terminated early.
He looks set to leave the Liberty after five years with the Swans.
How many caps does he have for Wales?
CHRIS COLEMAN was the first international boss to give James a call-up, bringing him into the squad for a qualifying match against Serbia in 2017.
But it wasn't until the following year that he made his Welsh bow, with Ryan Giggs handing him his debut against Albania last November.
James qualifies for Wales as his father Kavan was born in Aberdare and scored his first goal for his country in just his second cap.
Currently, he has two international appearances and has been named in the squad for the Euro qualifier against Croatia and Hungary.
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